Monday, 24 March 2014

At Home Whitening | Teeth Whitening - Home Remedies

How to Whiten Your Teeth At Home

These days, where you see celebrities plastered all over magazine covers smiling with perfectly white, straight teeth, it is understandable that many of our patients have been very interested in whitening their own teeth. Our in-office KOR whitening as well as the take home whitening kits are both phenomenal systems, however sometimes finances come into play and these systems are not affordable. We want to give our patients other alternatives, especially those who have invested a lot of energy and effort in sustaining a healthy mouth!

Steps to take for cleaner, whiter teeth:

1. Avoid sodas and dark colored beverages (i.e. red wine, tea, coffee, etc.) as much as possible. If you cannot give them up, make sure to drink through a straw in order to minimize the amount of liquid touching the teeth.

2. After having your morning cup of coffee, swish with water and spit it out in the sink so the leftover particles of coffee do not sit on your teeth for the rest of the day and cause stains.

3. Some foods to avoid are blueberries, blackberries, ketchup, and hard candies (anything that turns your tongue a neon color is affecting your teeth too!).

Recipes for at home whitening treatments:

1. Mix about two tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide with baking soda until it is the same consistency as regular toothpaste. Brush your teeth with that mixture and rinse afterwards. This paste can be used twice a week.

2. Another good whitening agent that most of us have at home is apple cider vinegar. Simply dip your toothbrush into the vinegar and brush your teeth. Rinse afterwards, since apple cider vinegar does contain acids.

3. A final tip for whitening is banana peels! Although we have not tried this one out, many experts say that if you peel a banana and rub the inside of the peel around on your teeth, leave it sit for two minutes and then brush your teeth you will see whitening effects. If you've tried this one, let us know about your experience!

**Always keep in mind that with any whitening treatment (whether it is at home or something stronger from your dental office) abrasive materials are in the ingredients and can cause some tooth sensitivity**

We hope these tips and recipes are helpful to you in your whitening journey! :)

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Oil Pulling | Oil Swishing | Oral hygiene | Mouthwash

With products on the market for every ailment ranging from headaches to hangnails, homeopathic and organic methods for banishing things we don’t want in or on our bodies are becoming more and more appealing.  An ancient trend that is making its way back into the 21st century is called oil pulling.  Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique that only requires you to swish anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of organic coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes in order to eliminate toxins and bacteria.

Oil Pulling
The Benefits of Oil Pulling

An assistant in our office has been oil pulling for quite some time and loves the benefits!  She feels that her teeth are cleaner and whiter and her gums are much healthier.  Oil pulling with coconut oil has several other benefits such as clearer skin, headache relief, and clearing up halitosis.  Check out the articles below for more information and let us know your thoughts!  Happy swishing! J      


Coconut Oil Pulling